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Re: Has anyone had a stomach ulcer?

I can't think of any advantages of having helicobacter infection, while the only disadvantages of treatment are those associated with any antibiotic use.

Here's a decent summary of the practical aspects written as information aimed at patients, which I hope is useful if that is what Phil has got: https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/CMS-Documents...ter-Pylori.pdf
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I can't think of any advantages of having helicobacter infection, while the only disadvantages of treatment are those associated with any antibiotic use.[/url]
An interesting way of putting it!

Patient information is not always all there is. More from the NHS:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4291894/

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Hopefully not the Em1 X...………….
It's not the camera that is the problem, it's the cable it's attached to. This character size looks to be roughly the same diameter. O
Some things are harder to swallow than others...
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Luckily so far I've managed to avoid that particular complaint. Impressed you were able to post images, not a normal selfie! Hope you have a speedy recovery and are back shooting wildlife soon.
Thank you Phil. I think I had a lucky escape and I continue to improve. When we met at Westonbirt, you looked so relaxed and calm, I couldn’t picture you getting an ulcer. I certainly am looking forward to getting back to Wildlife Photography.
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Thank you Phil. I think I had a lucky escape and I continue to improve. When we met at Westonbirt, you looked so relaxed and calm, I couldn’t picture you getting an ulcer. I certainly am looking forward to getting back to Wildlife Photography.

Good news is always welcome. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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Phil, Our thoughts are with you, and look forward to a good recovery. I have had minor ulcers in the stomach, easily treated by pills etc. Glad they have diagnosed you in good time, just keep the camera handy...……..
Thank you Mark for those thoughts. I never saw it coming, no symptoms or warning. Today I have come off the Nexium pump. I am still on I/V meds and starting to eat, even though the appetite is not there. Lunch arrived on a tray - Cream of Pumpkin soup, Grilled Nile Perch Fillet, Warmed Apple Pie with cream. The wife ate the fish and apple pie, I had the soup.

Yesterday she complained to the doctors about my snoring and asked if anything can be done? In follow up, the doc was fast organising something. Last night I was on a sleep apnoea machine to test the snoring out.

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A frightening time indeed. Hope you have a full and speedy recovery.
Thank you Keith and my apologies to you and all of my mates for my late reply.
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Will your treatment be covered by the NHS in some way?

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I can't think of any advantages of having helicobacter infection, while the only disadvantages of treatment are those associated with any antibiotic use.

Here's a decent summary of the practical aspects written as information aimed at patients, which I hope is useful if that is what Phil has got: https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/CMS-Documents...ter-Pylori.pdf
Hi Mark, thank you for that. I am under 2 teams, physicians and a Gastroenterologist.

At 05:30 I had bloods. The blood lady said the results are available online by 08:00 for the doctors. At 07:30 the Gastro Man visited and he examined me. He said my stool results were negative for infection and blood.

He wants me to have a Colonoscopy because of my age, continuous diarrhoea and cancer in the family. He queried small ulcers in the bowel, but he will talk to the physicians first about stopping my Clopidogrel for 5-7 days before he goes in.

2 yrs ago I had a femoral bypass for a popliteal occlusion, hence the blood thinners.

At 11:00 the physicians arrive laughing and joking. It felt nice, happiness filled the air. The senior registrar says to his boss, “let’s stop the Nexium pump and push the Nexium twice a day - he has a cannula”. Full of enthusiasm, he goes on and says “ Let’s start eradication therapy”. His boss, says “hold on Tonto! speak to Dr Gastro first - we must get the biopsy results before anything else”.

The senior reg says ok, can we prep him for a colonoscopy whilst he is in with us”. Then I say, 7 days is too long to wait, can’t I have it as an outpatient. (Private Health). They agree. Stop the Clopidogrel tonight. They asked about my diarrhoea. I told them I took a photo of it in the bedpan and the bedpan has not been emptied .....joy, joy, joy! They loved that photo and seeing the poo all liquified, most helpful. Thank you very much Phil. It was curiously comical.

I am making progress in the right direction. Not started on antibiotics, pending biopsy results.

Logging out for now, I have been told to rest.
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Yesterday she complained to the doctors about my snoring and asked if anything can be done? In follow up, the doc was fast organising something. Last night I was on a sleep apnoea machine to test the snoring out.
Never let your wife find you helpless. They each have their own agenda.

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I thought that it might be the size of a shower hose!

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Thank you for the thought Jim. I paid in from the age of 18 when I started work for the NHS until I retired on a full NHS pension. Living in Kenya, I am covered private health insurance through a company called AXAPPP. Yesterday, one of their agents visited me to validate everything. She said she gets all the bills and has to scrutinise them for anything not agreed. When I was admitted into A&E, AXAPPP in the UK had to be contacted for approval of the costs involved and they had to send a guarantee through to the hospital immediately. If there is treatment not covered by the hospital, evacuation and repatriation to another country where it is provided, is included in the AXA plan.

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